This one is provoked by a friend and by the half-term Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin and the testicles she's been awarded by Todd and the Tea Party folks.
An article in today's Salem Statesman-Journal was picked up from the AP. Headline: "Obama, Palin spar over nuclear policy."
One of them is the President of the United States and the other is a fear-mongering, writing-notes-on-her-hand, Fox commentator and political office quitter. Where is her credibility? Why is she afforded anything beyond a charge account at K-Mart and the local gunshop? She is either (a) A moron or (b) A great actress who plays a moron in the public eye.
I vote for (a).
And I also will issue a blanket slam at those, including the Associated Press, who afford her air time, print and more than a passing thought.
The article said that "some in the (Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans) responded (to her speech) with a 'Run, Sarah, Run' chant." Those outside the convention center who chanted "Walk, Idiot Walk" were not quoted and mistaken for singing along with a Swedish radio station broadcasting the Hives breakaway hit.
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Can I be serious for a minute? Mrs. Palin was quoted as saying that "no administration in America's history would (agree to the START treaty) I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today."
Correct. Unless, of course you take into consideration Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush. Reagan's Secretary of State, George Schultz was quoted as endorsing the treaty.
I don't know if she read her masterful bit of misinformation off her palm or a teleprompter. She neither scares nor amuses me. She is part of a dreadfully sad statement on the current state of the union. Sarah Palin might well represent the worst of America. The embodiment of dumbing down and ratcheting up the fear, of toxic airwaves and unbridled racism.
It is an absolutely perfectly paradigm of hypocrisy that Mrs. Palin is now employed by the same company that pays Glen Beck some $38 million a year. He was quoted this week that his is not a news show and that he is an entertainer.
On a related note, the conference featured a speech by Texas governor Rick Perry, who is notorious for publicly saying he would refuse any stimulus money and then taking it... after calling for Texas to secede from the union. There was a race I had wished Kinky Friedman had won. I don't live in Texas and have spent mercifully little time there, but I did contribute to the Kinkster's campaign.
Slated to also speak at the event is former Pennsylvania senator, Rick Santorum. Now, there's a voice of the people. Between him and half-term Governor Palin, you've got a winning ticket.
I am sincerely hoping that she runs for President. The Tea Partyers will be credited with aiding and abetting Obama's second term with a landslide unseen since Nixon won by a break-in and dirty tricks in '72. Let them shit their pants and buy into the fear and smear tactics. Rail with the hate mongers like Michael Savage and Rush, Glen Beck and Sean Hannity. I am pulling out my copy of Candide and, like Voltaire, wishing for the best of all possible worlds. Call me an idealist, but I do think truth will prevail and good will win out over evil... and stupid.